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Chief Minister could get almost £20,000 pay rise by 2022, report recommends

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JERSEY's Chief Minister could earn up to £65,000 a year by 2022 – almost £20,000 more than the current salary for the post – according to new proposals that would change the way politicians are paid in Jersey.

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All States Members would receive a pay raise to £50,000 a year, from £46,600 currently, by June 2022 under the plans.

However, for the first time salaries would differ amongst Members depending on their roles. Currently all politicians in Jersey are paid the same, regardless of whether they are a minister, scrutiny head or have no additional roles.

The recommendations have been made by the States Members' Remuneration Review Body – a group of five individuals who are not elected politicians.

The body suggests salaries should increase for all 49 Members of the Assembly to £48,000 by June next year and then to £50,000 by June 2022. They also recommend that the Chief Minister should receive an extra £15,000 'non-pensionable allowance' 'on account of the additional responsibilities which come with the role'.

It is also recommended that 'ministers and the head of the scrutiny function should receive a similar allowance of £7,500 per annum'.

Currently a law states that all Members must be paid the same amount so a law change would be required to implement recommendations that would involve an introduction of tiered salaries.

General proposals on pay increases will be introduced automatically unless a proposition is lodged within the next month to annul or vary the proposed increases. If they are given the green light, it would mark the first pay increase for States Members since 2014.

Recommendations have also been made, again, to introduce a pension scheme for States Members. The body found that the current absence of a pension scheme is a 'disincentive to some candidates coming forward to stand for the States Assembly'. The Privileges and Procedures Committee has already committed to introducing a pension scheme, subject to funding in the forthcoming Government Plan.

In a statement about the proposals, a spokesman for the States Members' Remuneration Review Body said: 'These increases would be the first for States Members since 2014 and would keep States Members’ pay between 70% and 75% of individual employment earnings in Jersey – this means 70% to 75% percent of individuals in employment in Jersey would earn less than States Members and 25% to 30% would earn more. Following international and local benchmarking research, the Review Body believes this is the right level for politicians’ pay in the Island.'

The States Members’ Remuneration Review Body is an independent, objective and impartial body established to make recommendations on any matters relating to the remuneration of States Members. Its recommendations are presented to the States through the Privileges and Procedures Committee which is responsible for the procedures of the States Assembly, for members' facilities and the code of conduct for members.

Jack Maguire

By Jack Maguire
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